A squad car video released by the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office on Friday shows Troy Allen Engstrom shooting a Mounds View officer once and a sheriff’s deputy once before the sheriff’s deputy hit him with his team September 22 at Mounds View.
Engstrom of Shoreview later died of multiple blunt injuries. The 48-year-old man from Shoreview was a domestic assault suspect and had been charged with shooting a gun at a nearby hotel earlier today.
The 24-second video pauses just before the SUV’s impact with Engstrom, who can be seen trying to run with a gun in his right hand.
Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher said on Friday the video was edited to not appear when Engstrom was beaten up “for the sake of his family.”
Fletcher said the video shows the danger posed by Engstrom, whose bullets narrowly missed the officer and deputy.
“The shots landed on both squad vehicles, and they were inches from the officers’ heads,” Fletcher said. “They were both very lucky they weren’t killed.”
WHAT THE VIDEO SHOWS
The video shows Deputy – Sgt. Donald Rindal – driving the SUV east on County Road H2 before crossing Mounds View Boulevard and soon stopping where Engstrom stood on the sidewalk. Engstrom’s gun is pointed at the Mounds View officer’s SUV, which pulled up with the driver’s side door open.
Engstrom fired a shot at the officer.
“I must shoot! Fire ! Shots! ”Rindal told dispatchers.
Engstrom turns the gun on Rindal and fires a second shot; Rindal then accelerates towards Engstrom. The video then stops.
HOW IT BEGUN
The incident began after Mounds View police responded to a 10:40 a.m. call of an alleged domestic assault involving a man shooting a gun into a room in the AmericaInn by Wyndham at 2200 Mounds View Blvd. A witness reported seeing the assault suspect walking near the Mermaid Bar & Grill, which is adjacent to the hotel.
After obtaining the suspect’s description, an officer and deputy spotted him in the area of County Road H2 and Jackson Drive, just east of Mounds View Boulevard.
Engstrom’s bullets hit the officer’s SUV just above the driver’s side windshield and the deputy’s SUV just below the driver’s side windshield, according to the sheriff’s office.
An armed handgun was recovered from the scene.
Rindal, who worked in law enforcement for 22 years, was put on standard administrative leave, the BCA said in a press release.
WHY RELEASE VIDEO
The BCA is investigating the use of force incident involving an officer.
Fletcher said it is in the “public interest that these videos be published within a reasonable time.” The sheriff’s office also released video footage of a deputy’s vehicle on September 3 chasing a stolen vehicle on Friday. The vehicle eventually crashed in Maplewood and two passengers, 14 and 15 year old students from North High School in North St. Paul, were killed.
Fletcher said Rindal, who worked in law enforcement for 22 years, has an “exemplary record” which includes being named 2019 Deputy of the Year in the Sheriff’s Office. He’s back to work, after a week of normal administrative leave.